OneRepublic, "Waking Up"
OneRepublic has recharged its sound with its second album, "Waking Up." The new set finds the band turning out irresistible instrumentals and ultra-catchy vocal chants that enliven its radio-friendly rock sound. The first single, "All the Right Moves," melds scratchy drums with a sweeping mix of cello and piano in a nod to industry politics. During "Secrets," OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder defends his in-demand songwriting abilities when he sings, "This time, don't need another perfect line/Don't care if critics never jump in line." He's more optimistic on "Good Life," an uplifting pop gem complete with whistles and lighthearted marching drums. "Waking Up" boasts enough intertwining pop melodies backed with anthemic vocals to show fans of the 2007 Timbaland-remixed track "Apologize" that OneRepublic can deliver more addictive hooks while still maintaining its own graceful and introspective sound.-Kelsey Paine